Today I am so pleased to welcome Elle Keaton to Joyfully Jay. Elle has come to talk to us about her latest release, Adverse Conditions. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Elle a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

“I have plenty of friends,” Vincent shot back. “I don’t need some flashy real estate maven wannabe who crawled back to town after failing in the big city to be my friend. I just need to do my job without you interfering.” Vincent barely stopped himself from jutting his chin out. He hated how Stone got under his skin just by looking at him.

“Flashy wannabe?” The amber of Stone’s eyes was molten now. Vincent stepped back. “At least I left Cooper Springs and made something of myself instead of wallowing here, teaching high school shop and passing judgment on people. Or getting married and divorced.”

Stone’s angry glare changed to chagrin and was directed behind Vincent over his shoulder. Vincent turned to see his daughter standing in the doorway.

“Dad? Are you okay? What’s going on?”

At fifteen, Romy was a sophomore in high school and both the light of Vincent’s life and the bane of his existence. When he’d been fifteen, he hadn’t been nearly as worldly as Romy. She was smart, pretty, ambitious, and Vincent would lay down his life for her. If she didn’t inadvertently kill him first.

“Nothing, just having a conversation with our neighbor.” Vincent gestured behind him.

“Pretty loud conversation you guys were having.” Romy did not look impressed. Before taking off for parts unknown—thank the gods for that miracle—Carly had always complained she’d birthed a mini-Vincent. What could Vincent say to that? It wasn’t as if he’d been in charge of the DNA distribution. “If you’re done sharing your life with the entire neighborhood,” she said, her tone dripping with sarcasm, “the timer beeped.”

Right, there was leftover lasagna in the oven.

“I’m coming.”

Leaving his troublesome neighbor behind, Vincent made his way back into the house. He’d started to shut the door when he heard Stone’s voice. “For the record, I haven’t complained about you, but you can bet your ass I’ll be making a phone call tomorrow.”

Vincent ground his molars together as he forced himself not to respond. He’d done enough damage already.


adverse conditions coverReclaimed Hearts, Book 1

Xavier swore he’d never move back to the flyspeck of a town he’d grown up in and he kept that promise for over twenty years. Now he’s back for good.

Vincent never left. After earning his teaching certificate, he stayed in town to be close to his elderly parents. These days he’s the single dad of a fifteen-year-old daughter and working two jobs to make ends meet. He’s perfectly happy with his life.

Xavier’s mission is to save Cooper Springs. But his efforts are being hindered by his stodgy, straight-laced, rule-following neighbor, Vincent Barone. Dark-eyed, broad-shouldered, and muscly Vincent, who Xav stealthily ogles when he toils in his yard sans shirt. For a high school shop teacher, Vincent is too sexy. And he has a kid. And he infuriates Xavier. And anyway, love is for suckers.

Vincent doesn’t have time to date. And he certainly wouldn’t date his flashy, arrogant, neighbor who he absolutely did not have a crush on in high school. Who did Xavier think he was, moving back to town and throwing his weight around, causing butterflies in Vincent’s stomach, and making his stupid heart beat faster every time he saw him?

Cooper Springs has changed since they were kids, and maybe two guys can move from hate to love. But are they ready? Will Vincent bend a few of his rules? Will Xavier reign in his chaotic tendencies? Is love in the air?

Then there’s the matter of the grisly discovery in the woods, murder is bad for business.

Welcome to Cooper Springs, home to UFO chasers, Sasquatch believers, conspiracy theorists, chainsaw artists, and regular folk just trying to make a living. And, quite possibly, a killer.

Adverse Conditions is the first in the Reclaimed Hearts series, set in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, it is an opposites-attract, older lovers. enemies to lovers, small-town romance, with a little murder.


elle keaton logElle Keaton writes MM romantic suspense set in the Pacific Northwest with some contemporary romance thrown in. She’s passionate about writing inclusive romances with complex characters and a unique sense of place. Her characters start out broken, and maybe they’re still banged up by the end, but they find the other half of their hearts and ALWAYS get their happily ever after. In 2017 Elle hit the publish button for the first time and hasn’t looked back. Being an author is the best job Elle has ever had and now she has over thirty books available for you to read or listen to! She loves cats and dogs, Star Wars and Star Trek, pineapple on pizza, and has a cribbage habit her husband encourages.

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